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Value-based health care: fraud & abuse laws

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

Michael Lampert, Ropes & Gray health care partner, discusses fraud and abuse law application to value-based health care arrangements. __ Much has been made about how the fraud and abuse laws, which were designed in order...more

OIG Reports More Than $731 Million in Inappropriate Medicare Meaningful Use Payments

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program run by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) garnered attention again last week following the release of a report by the Office of Inspector General of the US...more

Court Puts the Brakes on Whistleblower's FCA Parking Claims

by Baker Ober Health Law on

The Department of Justice (DOJ) reports that, in fiscal year 2016 ending September 30, it obtained more than $4.7 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims. More than half of this...more

Are you subject to MIPS reporting requirements in 2017?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced in late April that they anticipated notifying eligible clinicians about their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (“MIPS”) participation status for 2017 via...more

Proposed Telehealth Expansion of Medicare Reimbursement

by Baker Ober Health Law on

Telehealth continues to be a frontrunner on one strategy to achieve the triple aim, an effort to improve patient experience, population health and reduce per capita cost. To date, government reimbursement for telehealth...more

Senate reintroduces resident rotator legislation, other GME-related Washington updates

by Dentons on

With the recent change of administration and a new congressional session beginning in 2017, medical education stakeholders have been watching closely for any signs on the political horizon regarding federal GME funding. Below...more

CMS changes the SRDP process effective June 1, 2017

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

If you are in the process of drafting a SRDP submission, you must use the new SRDP forms or risk CMS not accepting the disclosure into the protocol. Effective June 1, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’...more

Thinking of Becoming a Concierge Practice? Some Legal Issues to Consider

Many primary care physicians are transitioning their practices to a “concierge” model, sometimes called “Direct Primary Care” or “Retainer” practice. In a concierge practice, patients pay a fixed annual or monthly fee to...more

Health Care E-Note - May 2017

by Burr & Forman on

When a physician leaves a medical practice, especially if the physician stays in the area to compete against his/her former employer, the situation can become stressful and acrimonious. Please see full E-Note below for...more

Changes in MACRA Creating Complications in Healthcare

by Clark Hill PLC on

Healthcare is still buzzing about CMS’s Medicare physician two-track payment system, MACRA. The Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) is a complex pay-for-performance system based on traditional fee-for-service (FFS)....more

FCA Issues to Watch: FCA Claims Concerning Physician Compensation

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Physician employment arrangements with hospitals have remained a significant area of regulatory scrutiny in recent months with the announcement of several high profile settlements and decisions in key FCA cases involving...more

The Financial Impact of MACRA – Uncertainty Reigns in a Recent Rand Corporation Study

With all the talk of the Affordable Care Act’s uncertain future, it is easy to forget about the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (“MACRA”), a bipartisan law passed by Congress in 2015 to change the way physicians...more

Medicare Two-Midnight Rule and Observation Status Updates

by Baker Ober Health Law on

What's new from Medicare in the areas of the Two-Midnight rule and observation services? CMS recently published updates to a Medicare manual reflecting clarifications to its Two-Midnight policy, a Medicare Quality Improvement...more

Leasing to Health Care Tenants: What You Need to Know

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Commercial office building landlords frequently find themselves leasing to health care provider tenants. A landlord may not consider doctor’s offices or diagnostic labs as specialty uses, but there are several lease...more

ASLMS Annual Meeting Special Coverage: Legal and Compliance Issues Impacting Medical Practices Using Laser Technology

by Ruder Ware on

Medical practices that routinely use laser technology are subject to some of the same legal issues as other types of practices. Use of lasers creates additional compliance issues and highlights certain compliance risk areas....more

CMS Revises the Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol Requiring the Use of Prescribed Forms for Disclosure of Stark Law Violations

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted revisions to the Voluntary Self-Referral Disclosure Protocol (SRDP). In an attempt to streamline the self-disclosure process, CMS requires the use of new...more

Three Recent Fraud Cases Involving Dermatologists Illustrate Primary Compliance Risks in Dermatology Practices

by Ruder Ware on

Three relatively recent cases involving dermatology billing practices illustrate some of the main compliance risks faced by dermatology practices...more

Representatives Introduce Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

On March 1, 2017, Representatives Lynn Jenkins (R-KS-2) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-5) introduced the Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act, H.R. 1284, to the 115th Congress. The bill was referred to the Committee on Ways and...more

Direct Primary Care: Getting Calls from Patients While Avoiding Calls from Law Enforcement

by Snell & Wilmer on

For providers interested in simplifying the provider-patient relationship, one option is direct primary care. Ironically, though, simplification can be complicated, particularly when the government is involved. One of the...more

Medicare Advisors Debate Part B Drug Payment Reforms

Last week, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (the “Commission”) debated a package of policy reforms that would change the way Medicare reimburses physicians for Medicare Part B drugs. In the midst of calls to lower...more

Recent Changes to Medicare “Incident To” Billing Rules

by Ruder Ware on

Medicare permits a physician to bill for certain services furnished by a nurse practitioner or other auxiliary personnel under what is referred to as the "incident to" billing rules. The "incident to" rules permit services...more

New Medicare Fraud Defense: “My Mom Made Me Do It!”

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Charged with 33 counts of Medicare fraud netting some $45 million in false claims, Richard Tinimbang invoked a novel defense: “My mom made me do it!” That, according to Law360, is the gist of the opening statement of...more

New Medicare Conditional Payment Case: Federal Court Requires CMS To Perform Surgery On Its Primary Plan Reimbursement Demands

Doctors often treat Medicare beneficiaries for accident related injuries (for which a “primary” auto or workers’ compensation carrier must reimburse Medicare) and unrelated maladies at the same visit. Billing for the visit...more

Health Care Fraud and Abuse in the Middle District of Florida in 2016 - a Year in Review

by Carlton Fields on

The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Middle District of Florida (USAO-MDFL) prosecuted several civil health care fraud matters in 2016 and issued related press releases. A review of the USAO-MDFL’s criminal and...more

Fraud and Abuse Investigations Should be Taken Very Seriously

by Burr & Forman on

According to the United States Government, fraud and abuse recovery has an excellent return for each investment dollar spent. According to the Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control (HCFAC) Program Report,released by the...more

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